Dear Wendy: “I Could Never Date A Man Who’s Hired A Hooker”

As a feminist, I’m on the fence about prostitution being legalized. On one hand, I do not feel that is is right or OK for a woman to just sell her body for a price. On the other, if prostitution is legalized, women can be a lot safer and get off the streets, making it easier for cops to catch pimps and sex slave holders. Though I feel this way, I could not be with a man or woman who has ever bought somebody for sex, especially if that person was a woman. The thought of them thinking that it’s totally OK to go up and buy a human being as if she were an object just does not sit well with me. There is no other way around it, if I found out that someone went to a prostitute, it would be a dealbreaker. I know a guy who is a widower and goes to one and he says he just does not have time for a relationship so he goes to these legal places for sex. I can see his point, but I’d want a man who would treat women with the same respect and care that he would want the women in his life to have for men. Am I stupid for feeling this way? — Feminist Against Prostitution

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“Gay Girl In Damascus” Blogger Amina Abdallah Abducted

UPDATE: A London woman, Jelena Lecic, has claimed that the “Gay Girl In Damascus” blogger has stolen her photographs to use as the public face of her blog. Lecic’s publicist said the woman knew before that a Syrian blogger had been using her pics, possibly taken from Facebook, as her identity. However, when blogger Amina Abdallah went missing recently, Lecic began seeing pictures of herself everywhere claiming they were of the missing woman. Now there is some doubt being cast on Abdallah’s actual identity. Summary: the whole thing is very weird. [MSNBC]

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A lesbian blogger in Syria, who penned a popular blog called “Gay Girl In Damascus,” was abducted, her family said. Amina Abdallah, 35, an English teacher, was a prominent voice in opposition to Syria’s leadership and had dodged other abduction attempts by suspected security agents, CNN reports. Keep reading »

Anthony Weiner: A Cosmopolitan Eligible Bachelor In 1996

Wow, Cosmopolitan sure has a knack for featuring politicians in embarrassing interviews and photos before they made it big on the national stage. Not only did they snap Senator Scott Brown in the nude back in the day, they also apparently featured Anthony Weiner as one of their “101 Gorgeous Real Life Bachelors” in 1996. In the interview, he said, “I was born September 4, 1964—the same day ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ by the Beatles, was released.” He also revealed what he wants in his future “First Lady.” “Someone smarter than me. I want to be sucked back into the the throes of love.” Hmmm, I think he better focus on sucking his wife back into the throes of love after it’s come to light that he sexted with six women, sending one the infamous photo of his bulge in gray boxer briefs. Keep reading »

Ask An Esthetician: I’m So Over My Acne! Plus, What Is Up With Bacne, Really?

Skin: Our largest organ, and also probably our biggest pain in the butt. Managing its temperamental, over-sensitive ways is pretty much a full-time gig, especially if your skin is a delicate Sensitive Sally like mine. Thankfully, we’ve got our new BFF, esthetician Jenna Kulp, to help us solve our skin woes. Jenna’s here to answer all of your troubling skin problems — to offer suggestions and solutions to your skincare needs.

I’ve had clients that can’t figure out that taking a shower and changing their shirt and sports bra are necessary after a workout.

Q: I am 27 years old and have been battling acne since I was 10. I’ve been on every medication under the sun, and have been on Accutane twice. I’ve tried nearly every facewash and skin care regimen that promises to banish acne, with disappointing results. Needless to say, I am over it. I’m sick of having acne and waking up to a new blemish every morning. It’s ridiculous. I was wondering if Jenna has any advice for somebody like me? (Also, my father’s side of the family has a history of acne).

A: You are not the only one dear, but don’t get discouraged! Acne is hereditary so you may have to deal with it for the rest of your life so take it in stride. Sometimes less can be more and you might be over-drying or overdoing it with the skin care. If you’ve ever asked someone with perfect skin how they achieved it, they’ll almost never respond with some extensive skin care regimen. Usually it’s “oh, nothing really, I don’t use much on my skin.” For example, one of the girls here in the office rarely ever washes her face and sometimes just cleans it with random shampoo at the gym and she has blemish-free, perfect skin.

Your skin may just be out of whack from everything you’ve tried. I would suggest going back to square one and getting back to your natural roots. Getting off the products, drugs, heavy makeup or whatever for a couple weeks can really help you understand more about your skin. Figure out your natural skin type and take it from there; your skin may be dry and overproducing oil, or needing some serious inflammatory help. In the meantime, you can use a mild cleanser (like Eminence’s Lemon or Coconut Cleansers) and moisturizer (like their Guava and Bamboo Moisturizer) to make sure you are still doing a little something to battle the elements.

My advice: Stop the laundry list of skin care products for at least two weeks and really commit to the au natural route which will be your best bet. Afterwards, and like everyone, you’ll experience a breakout here and there but you can get your acne under control. When you do figure out what’s really going on and your skin type, commit to a basic regimen and stick it out for a least another few weeks to test if it works. Remember, with acne it will ALWAYS get worse before it gets better so give it time.

Q: What’s your advice for treating and/or preventing breakouts on the chest and back?

Let’s start with the basics with acne. (I’m keeping this short and sweet.) There is no definite answer to the question of “what causes acne,” but there are a variety of things that can be happening with your skin. Usually when a breakout happens it’s technically caused by the overproduction of sebum which gets trapped by dead skin cells in the pore. When bacteria gets inside of the blocked pore, it swells up and results in redness and pus. A big part of acne also has to do with fluctuating hormones, stress, genetics, how you take care of your body (as well as your skin), and a little part is hygiene. Most of us deal with acne on our face, but there is a good amount of people that experience it on the chest and back. Here are my tips for taking care of bacne:

  1. Keep it clean!
    I’ve had clients that can’t figure out that taking a shower and changing their shirt and sports bra are necessary after a workout.

    I shouldn’t have to explain that one, but you’d be surprised. Also, change your pillowcase and sheets at least 2-3 times a week so you’re not sleeping in a breeding ground for bacteria.

  2. Keep yourself hydrated. You’ll hear this a million times but drink PLENTY of water and lightly moisturize so your body isn’t overcompensating for the loss of water/oil.
  3. An old remedy to try is a little bit of apple cider vinegar mixed with a little bit of tea tree oil and applied after you get out of the shower before bed time.
  4. This is where I feel a glycolic can be needed. Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash is great for clearing up body acne. It’s exfoliating and revitalizing with 8.8 percent glycolic acid in it. If you feel like you’re too dry after the body wash, follow up with Glytone’s Body Lotion to round it out. Not only are these two products effective but they’re raved about by DermStore customers.

If you want to explore more options with back acne products I would also recommend Glytone’s Back Acne Spray, which has 2 percent salicylic acid and a 360 degree spray pump so you can spray it upside-down, and Avene’s Diacneal Soap-Free Gel Cleanser for sensitive or dry skin types.

Ronald Reagan Said “E.T.” Was “Absolutely True”

“[Reagan] just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, ‘I wanted to thank you for bringing ‘E.T.’ to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie.’ Then he looked around the room and said, ‘And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.’ He said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.”

—Steven Spielberg recounts screening his classic flick, “E.T.”, for Ronald Reagan when it came out. While he’s pretty sure Reagan was joking, maybe Ronald was trying to tell us that the government really is trying to cover up extra-terrestrial sightings? Anyway, let’s hope Spielberg’s “Super 8” is a return to “E.T.” It does have a lot of the same elements—kids witnessing something, government cover-ups, etc. I really want the movie to be thrilling rather than ridiculous. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Important Secret Of The Day

Guys, in case you were wondering, when you see women whispering (because we are constantly telling each other secrets), we are probably talking about our tampons and how “modern” they are. I’m not exactly sure what kind of tampons my mother used, or how the tampons I use are different, but one thing is certain: tampons are something a lady always talks about discreetly. [F**k Yeah Ugly '90s Clothes] Keep reading »

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